Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5th and 6th Grade Jazz Mixed Media Artwork

For this lesson, the 5th and 6th graders learned about the connections that can be made between the visual arts and music. They learned about the artist Romare Bearden and how many of his collages were inspired by jazz music. In class, we listened to jazz music and the students created oil pastel and watercolor paintings inspired by the music they heard. They used the colors that came to mind when they listened to the music and the lines and shapes that they heard in the music - slow, wavy lines when the music was slow and quiet and faster, more jagged lines when the music sped up. After they finished the painting, they used found images from instrument catalogs and created their own shapes to make a collage on top of their painting. Their artwork is expressive and beautiful!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Andy Warhol Inspired Endangered Species

The Kindergarteners learned about the artist Andy Warhol and his series of prints of endangered species. We learned about what endangered species are and the many reasons why an animal may become endangered. We focused on a few different animals - grey wolves, rhinos and green sea turtles. The students learned how to draw these animals by putting together shapes for different parts of the animals' bodies. The students then learned about primary colors and painted their wolf with primary colors. They learned about secondary colors and painted their rhino with secondary colors. They learned about complementary colors and painted their turtle with a pair of complementary colors. They did an amazing job drawing their animals and being creative with their paintings.